Jan. 17, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Senior guard Gerald Brown scored 24 points to lead five Loyola players in double figures as the Greyhounds defeated Marist, 83-71, Thursday night at Reitz Arena in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game.
The victory improves Loyola's record to 8-10 on the season and 4-3 in the MAAC. The loss snaps a five game win streak for the Red Foxes and drops Marist to 11-7 overall and 5-2 in the conference.
"To lose a lead and come back, that takes a lot out of the other team," Loyola fourth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said of his team's effort. "Marist is a good team, a well-coached team. For us to put five guys in double figures says a lot about our depth."
Loyola built an early lead, utilizing a 15-0 run led by Brown's 10 points, making a pair of three-pointers to go along with two other baskets. The run was orchestrated by the Greyhounds' guards as seven of the team's opening nine baskets came off assists from freshman Brian Rudolph and sophomore Brett Harvey. Marist quickly responded with a 17-4 sprint, closing the gap to 25-24 at the 5:48 mark. The Red Foxes took their first lead, 32-30, after Spongy Benjamin finished off a 6-0 run for Marist, knocking down three consecutive lay-ups. Marist held a 36-35 advantage at intermission.
The second half featured a see-saw battle before Loyola broke the game open with an 18-1 run, highlighted by a Rudolph deep three-pointer as the shot clock expired. Loyola held Marist without a field goal for eight-plus minutes, while shooting 51.7 percent from the floor during the second half. With the score 72-57, the visiting team attempted to mount a comeback by draining three straight three-pointers, but Brown iced the game by making five of six from the charity stripe.
Brown finished making seven of 15 from the field. Junior guard Marquis Sullivan and Harvey each chipped in with 13 points. Harvey added six rebounds and five assists to his stat line as well. Senior forward Michael Tuck ended with 11 points and five rebounds while Rudolph tallied 12 points, seven rebounds, and collected five assists.
"Marquis Sullivan has been unbelievable in accepting his role," Patsos said of his shooting guard. "I thought we had the fresher legs in the second half with guys like Marquis coming into the game. Plus, we had an unbelievable student crowd here tonight. We have the best students in the league."
Marist was led by Jay Gavin's 20 points off the bench and 13 points from Ryan Stilphen. Benjamin added 11, missing just one of his six shots from the field. The Red Foxes were forced to play without leading scorer Louie McCroskey who left the game after the first two minutes with an injury.
Loyola looks to make it two wins in row when they travel to Saint Peter's to battle the Peacocks on Saturday, January 19. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.